We were startled a couple of days ago when ex-Metropolitan Police officer and self-proclaimed “whistle-blower” Jon Wedger announced in his typically modest and unassuming way that he had been invited to a meeting with no less a personage than the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He placed this notice on Twitter:
No mistake about it, that’s the Archbishop of Canterbury, all right.
Curious about this upcoming meeting, we made a few enquiries, and a solicitor of our acquaintance was kind enough to check with some contacts at Lambeth Palace, who were just as surprised as we’d been.
No, they said, the Most Reverend Justin Welby was not expecting a visit from ex-DC Wedger in April. Where had we got that idea from?
Perhaps, one person suggested, Wedger meant to say that he had booked a tour of Lambeth Palace, of which two are scheduled to take place in April?
The plot thickened slightly, when we found this letter on Wedger’s Facebook page:
It seems that Wedger has at least expressed a wish to meet with Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, though Bishop Paul’s PA seems a bit confused as to what, precisely, Wedger might wish to discuss with the Bishop.
Just to be clear here, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in England. The current Archbishop of Westminster is His Eminence Vince Nichols, and Bishop McAleenan is one of four auxiliary bishops who serve under him.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury.
It’s surprising and a bit alarming that Wedger, who professes to be a Christian, would be unaware of the distinction between the two churches. Not to mention, of course, that there’s a bit of a difference between a Catholic bishop and and Anglican archbishop.
In any case, only two things are clear at present:
- Wedger asked for a meeting with the Catholic bishop, but has shown no evidence that such a meeting has been confirmed; and
- Whether or not he asked to meet with the Anglican archbishop, no such meeting has been arranged.
We’d ask Wedger to clarify the situation, but as readers will know, he blocked us last time we asked an awkward question, and has since stated in a video interview that we should “sod off”.